Robert A. Varnes78, Korean War veteran, postal carrier

By on May 2, 2012

Robert A. Varnes, 78, formerly of Manheim, died Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.

Born in Parkesburg, he was the son of the late Alfred M. and Josephine Dunlap Varnes. He was the loving husband of Nancy Ulrich Varnes and they observed their 54th wedding anniversary in May of last year.

For over 30 years, Bob was a U.S. Post Office mail carrier for Manheim Borough Post Office; previously he delivered milk locally for Graybill’s Dairy. Bob served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and graduated from Parkesburg High School in 1951. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Neffsville. He was also a member of the Manheim Masonic Lodge, Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Reading Consistory and Rajah Shrine. Bob’s interests included: herb gardening with his wife, traveling to the family cabin in Sullivan County, bird watching and beekeeping.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son: Dwight, husband of Tina Loercher Varnes, of Elizabethtown; a sister: Edna, wife of H. Richard Moore, of East Fallowfield; and nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death is a sister: Jean Hartshorne.

His funeral service was held at the Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, on May 2. Interment will take place in Manheim Fairview Cemetery, Sun Hill Road, Manheim, on May 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Kindly omit flowers. Those desiring may send contributions in Bob’s memory to Masonic Charities Office of Gift Planning One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 or Manheim Masonic Lodge, 587, c/o James D. Risser, 1528 English Brook Drive, Landisville, PA 17538-1349.

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